July 25, 2014 10:48 AM ET

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Company Overview of Garmin International, Inc.

Company Overview

Garmin International, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and sells navigation, communication, and information devices for automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. It offers on road products, such as automotive, motorcycle, trucking, and traffic receivers; in sports products for golfing, running, and cycling; on the trail devices, including basic handhelds, mapping handhelds, two-way radios, dog tracking systems, and electronic dog training systems; and devices used on water, such as sounders, fish finders, handhelds, radars, autopilots, and marine networking devices, as well as touch screen controlled marine chart plotters. The company provi...

1200 East 151st Street

Olathe, KS 66062-3426

United States

Founded in 1989

Phone:

913-397-8200

Fax:

913-397-8282

Key Executives for Garmin International, Inc.

President
Age: 48
Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Age: 76
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Age: 51
Vice President
Age: 58
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Age: 64
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Garmin International, Inc. Key Developments

Garmin International, Inc. Introduces New G3X Touch 7-Inch Touchscreen Display Option and Connext Cockpit Connectivity for Experimental Aircraft

Garmin International, Inc. announced a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. The new high-resolution infrared touch screen display complements the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch system, offering new panel design options and redundancy. All G3X Touch displays support Connext cockpit connectivity between avionics and mobile devices featuring wireless flight plan transfer capabilities and more. The 7-inch G3X Touch display features a robust, infrared touch screen display, which utilizes Garmin's experience in glass cockpit technology. Pilots and homebuilders who own amateur-built and light sport aircraft will be delighted with the 7-inch display, particularly if height and width constraints are of concern in the aircraft panel. Additionally, owners wanting multiple displays have the option of installing up to three displays, using any combination of 10.6-inch or 7-inch G3X Touch displays. Pilots will also notice a similar user-interface and seamless integration between the different size displays. Incorporating multiple G3X Touch displays into one panel provides added redundancy and enhanced functionality. When paired with a 10.6-inch display, the 7-inch G3X Touch system can serve as a dedicated display for a variety of features including traffic awareness, full-screen moving map, geo-referenced charts, engine information and even serve as a back-up primary flight display (PFD). Also new, G3X Touch offers the benefits of Connext cockpit connectivity. Pilots are offered the convenience of flight planning on a tablet using Garmin Pilot(TM) and the simplicity of wirelessly transferring flight plans via Bluetooth(R) to the G3X Touch system. A G3X Touch system with a GDL 39R shares GPS, attitude, traffic and weather data with a mobile device for display using Garmin Pilot.

Garmin International Inc. Announces Additional Enhancements and New Features for the GTN Touchscreen Avionics

Garmin International Inc. announced additional enhancements and new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot(TM). Additionally, Connext provides more robust GPS position data from the GTN, as well as the option to display weather, traffic and attitude information on Garmin Pilot. Additional new GTN features include database syncing capabilities, FastFind, airspace altitude overlay, WireAware (wire-strike avoidance technology) and more. Many of these new features are enabled by a free software update, bringing even more advanced capabilities to existing avionics. The GTN now offers wireless cockpit connectivity featuring Connext when incorporating the Flight Stream 210 wireless gateway. With this, GTN customers have access to wireless flight plan transfer capabilities when using Garmin Pilot on an iOS or select Android mobile device. Connext cockpit connectivity gives pilots the ability to transfer completed flight plans within Garmin Pilot to the GTN upon arrival at the airport, allowing more time to focus on pre-flight activities. Prior to takeoff, pilots may choose to receive up-to-date flight plan amendments from air traffic control when enabling notifications for ATC Proposed Routes in Garmin Pilot. As Proposed Route Notifications from ATC become available and activated in Garmin Pilot, they may be transferred to the GTN, so last-minute flight plan modifications are quick and easy. Additionally, active flight plans that are manually amended in-flight may be sent between the GTN and Garmin Pilot so flight plans are identical and amendments only need to be made on one device. Furthermore, GPS information from the GTN series and attitude information from the Flight Stream 210, combine to display within Garmin Pilot. Customers who have incorporated a GDL 88 receive the additional benefit of displaying traffic and weather on a mobile device, while customers with a GDL 69 SiriusXM datalink receiver may display weather information and access remote audio controls all within Garmin Pilot. The Flight Stream 210 is anticipated to become available in August for $999. WireAware graphically overlays comprehensive power line location and altitude information on the moving map. Altitude display is offered in both mean sea level (MSL) and above ground level (AGL), so they are easier to identify relative to the aircraft path. With optional Terrain and Awareness Warning System (HTAWS/TAWS), visual and aural alerts are provided, offering an additional layer of protection. New basic obstacle databases contain Hazardous Obstacle Transmission (HOT) lines, which typically include those that span rivers, canyons, valleys or are within the vicinity of airports. The new versions of the obstacle database are available and offer coverage in the U.S. and portions of Canada and Mexico. New basic obstacle database packages now include HOT lines, starting at $49.95 for a single update. Comprehensive wire coverage can be added, starting at $124.95 for a single update. Annual subscriptions and PilotPaks are also available. Managing databases between multiple GTN's in the aircraft is easier than ever. Database synchronization enables the GTN to cross-load databases from a single unit so customers have the flexibility of updating one database card, saving time and streamlining the database update process. Furthermore, pilots can pre-load the next database cycle without removing the active cycle so database updates can be queued in advance. Pilots who take advantage of database synchronization receive additional flexibility in the update process and have convenient access to the most current information in their avionics. Flight planning is faster and easier with FastFind, which incorporates predictive logic to suggest airports and waypoints using current GPS location. Quick flight plan entry is possible with FastFind, which automatically begins searching for the nearest identifier as an airport or waypoint is entered within a flight plan. Entering frequencies into the GTN is streamlined, which may now be entered without the number "1" and trailing zero(s). For example, pilots can now enter the frequency "122.80" easily into the GTN series by simply selecting "2", "2" and "8." Because the number one and trailing zero populate automatically, frequency entry is faster than ever before. Similar to the popular GTR and GNC NAV/COM radios, the GTN now automatically displays the station identifier and frequency type of the nearest airport or NAVAID below the active/standby COM and NAV frequencies. Identifying and ensuring the appropriate frequency is simple and pilots receive the added assurance they are navigating and communicating with the appropriate frequencies. Utilizing the Garmin Aviation Checklist Editor on a PC, pilots now have the option to create custom checklists for display on the GTN 750/650. Once created, checklists can be saved to a Garmin data card and inserted into the GTN. Optionally, flight plans and waypoints may also be created and imported into the GTN using a Garmin data card. For added convenience, the flight plans can be stored in the flight plan catalog for future use. Availability to create flight plans and waypoints within flyGarmin is expected later 2014. Airspace altitude overlays on the moving map page offer additional situational awareness, especially in congested airspace. Pilots have the option to view airspace maximum and minimum altitudes just as they appear on a sectional chart, so it's easier to identify airspace altitude limitations.

Garmin International, Inc. Enhances Connext with Wireless Cockpit Connectivity to Mobile Devices

Garmin International Inc. announced an expanded Connext portfolio of products and features, to include wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot on an iPad/iPhone and certain Android mobile devices. When paired with compatible Garmin avionics, the Flight Stream 110 can share weather, traffic, GPS information, SiriusXM Aviation weather and SiriusXM satellite radio on mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot. The Flight Stream 210 adds two-way flight plan transfer and provides attitude information for display within Garmin Pilot. Flight Stream 110/210 is a small, Bluetooth(R) wireless gateway, which is easily installed with Garmin avionics, enabling communication between avionics and up to four compatible mobile devices running Garmin Pilot. The Flight Stream 110 is designed to be paired with a GDL 88 and/or GDL 69/69A to provide the benefits of these products without the need for a compatible avionics display. The Flight Stream 210 adds connectivity with the GTN(TM) and GNS WAAS series navigators, as well as back-up attitude information for display within Garmin Pilot. The Flight Stream 210 contains an internal attitude sensor, however if a G500/G600 flight display is installed in the aircraft, its high-integrity attitude source can take priority for display within Garmin Pilot, with a future software update. Flight planning is transformed with the Flight Stream 210, enabling wireless flight plan transfer capabilities between Garmin Pilot and corresponding GTN 750/650 and GNS 430W/530W navigators. G3X(TM) Touch has the Connext Bluetooth wireless gateway built-in, providing flight plan transfer capabilities. The flight plan transfer occurs with a couple of taps when the avionics are powered on. With Connext, pilots have the added convenience of completing flight plans prior to arriving at the airport, allowing more time to focus on pre-flight activities.

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